Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-cultural Interpretation

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 306 pages
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This volume collects Jay Garfield's essays on Madhyamaka, Yog-ac-ara, Buddhist ethics and cross-cultural hermeneutics. The first part addresses Madhyamaka, supplementing Garfield's translation of Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (OUP, 1995), a foundational philosophical text by the Buddhist saint Nagarjuna. Garfield then considers the work of philosophical rivals, and sheds important light on the relation of Nagarjuna's views to other Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical positions.
 

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Contents

Epoche and Sunyata Skepticism East and West
3
Dependent Arising and the Emptiness of Emptiness Why Did Nagarjuna Start with Causation?
24
Emptiness and Positionlessness Do the Madhyamika Relinquish All Views?
46
Nagarjunas Theory of Causality Implications Sacred and Profane
69
Nagarjuna and the Limits of Thought with Graham Priest
86
YOGACARA
107
Three Natures and Three Naturelessnesses Comments Concerning Cittamatra Conceptual Categories
109
Vasubandhus Treatise on the Three Natures A Translation and Commentary
128
ETHICS AND HERMENEUTICS
185
Human Rights and Compassion Toward a Unified Moral Framework
187
Buddhism and Democracy
206
The Satya in Satyagraha Samdhong Rinpoches Approach to Nonviolence
220
Temporality and Alterity Dimensions of Hermeneutic Distance
229
Philosophy Religion and the Hermeneutic Imperative
251
Notes
261
References
291

Western Idealism through Indian Eyes A Cittamatra Reading of Berkeley Kant and Schopenhauer
152
Sounds of Silence Ineffability and the Limits of Language in Madhyamaka and Yogacara
170

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